Thirty years after being born in an era unfamiliar with in vitro fertilisation technique, Mumbai's first and India's second test-tube baby, Harsha Chawda-Shah, delivered a healthy baby boy of her own on Monday.
According to a report by The Times of India, the boy was delivered using Cesarean-section by the same team of doctors who had helped Harsha's parents conceive her in 1986.
"I am God's gift and I believe my baby is also special," Harsha said in the report while she was still recovering from the surgery at Jaslok Hospital. "My baby is a blessing for me and there are no words to explain what I feel at this moment."
Dr Hinduja, who was part of both the deliveries was quoted by DNA saying, "There is no reason why test tube babies cannot conceive normally. In Harsha's case, we had to do a C-section because it indicated a breach presentation."
Harsha's mother Mani Chawda, a Jogeshwari resident, was sure her child will lead a normal, healthy life. On speaking to The Hindu, Mani, who was now a grandmother said, “I had been married for five years, but didn’t conceive. That’s when my family doctor referred me to Dr Hinduja. He even showed me an article in a Gujarati magazine on children born with assisted reproduction techniques. I visited Dr Hinduja then."
Though the test tube baby technique was in practice in the western world, it was not popular back then in India. "We had to take so many permissions — from the Ethics committee of KEM Hospital, ICMR,” said Dr Hinduja, who has delivered more than 15,000 test tube babies after Harsha, in the same report by The Hindu.